Following an impressive (yet widely anticipated) two week reign at the number one spot at the box office, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has officially been dethroned by Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. The latest instalment in the Alien franchise racked in approximately $40.2 million since it landed in cinema’s on Friday.
The film starring Katherine Waterston and Michael Fassbender, took a whopping $4.2 million in Thursday night previews. That is further followed by an additional $15.35 million made during showings in 3,762 theatres on Friday. Marvel- Disney film, Guardians is not far behind with $35.2 million after it pulled in another $8.8 million this weekend.
These figures put Alien: Covenant down from the earnings of its prequel, Prometheus, which in its opening weekend drew in $51 million in 2012. Despite this, Covenant’s box office earnings calculate that the franchise on the whole has made over a billion dollars in the global market. This surely puts a smile on Scott’s face, who is currently working on future sequels to the film.
Read the brief synopsis of Covenant below:
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
Alien: Covenant is out now in cinemas. Check out our review here.